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Bay Area man falls to his death off Yosemite's Half Dome

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Yosemite National Park officials are trying to determine why a man fell to his death while climbing Half Dome Monday evening.

Officials in Yosemite have released the identity of the man who fell off of Half Dome. Park officials say 23-year-old Ryan Leeder from the Bay Area died Monday evening when he fell over the side of half dome and fell 2,500 feet.

Leeder was hiking alone and no one at the top of Half Dome saw him fall, although climbers reported seeing a man falling off the cables at 6:30 Monday evening.

Park officials say they don't know why the man fell. This is the 17th death that has happened in Yosemite this year.

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